As Halloween approaches, so do all the fun times. Get ready for pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, and of course, trick or treating! While Halloween is a great time to get the kids together to swap spooky stories, and bake amazing treats, it is also a time to remind and teach parents and children alike about Halloween safety.
Many homes get ready for the Halloween season by putting up decorations and carving pumpkins. While it’s a fun time to design goofy, scary, and spooky pumpkins and decorating the windows with creepy and dark window drapes, it’s also an activity where everyone has to be safe and cautious. Carving with knives is hard and should be supervised, or done by an adult. Have children do their part by letting them get messy while scooping out the pumpkin, and let them cook the seeds afterwards as well! Be careful while handling the knife and carve your pumpkin slowly. Remember- patience will lead to a better pumpkin! Also take care decorating the windows, go for cordless and remove unnecessary cords dangling from the drapes which may cause entangling with pets and children.
When finally visiting door to door for trick or treating, remember to watch all children, even if they aren’t a part of your group. Children may wander off, so it is a good idea to let them wear reflective patches, glow sticks, or carry whistles for when they get too far. Let children know what they have to do to stay safe and keep their trick or treating privileges. Check all candy before it is consumed in order to make sure it is safe. Let kids help during this time, so they know what is okay for them and what is not.
Lastly, enjoy your Halloween! It’s a great time to get silly, and can be enjoyed by all when playing it safe.